The Scrivener’s Bones
Series: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians #2
Written by Brandon Sanderson
Illustrated by Hayley Lazo
368 pages – ages 9+
Published by Starscape on February 16, 2016
Synopsis- Alcatraz Smedry is back in another adventure! After learning that him breaking everything he touched was normal because he had the Smedry Talent, a magical ability that is completely random in every Smedry, Alcatraz was ready to head to the continent of Nalhalla, one of the continents in the Pacific Ocean. He was going to Nalhalla because it was one of a few continents not controlled by librarians. Continents like Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Australia. It was so not-controlled that the librarians even taught that it didn’t exist.
While heading to Nalhalla, Alcatraz figures out that his grandfather has tracked his missing father down to the Library of Alexandria, and decides to help him. Except that he didn’t know that the Library of Alexandria doesn’t have evil librarians. It has undead Curators who will do anything to steal your soul. It’s going to be an interesting adventure!
What I Thought- I really enjoyed Mr. Sanderson’s book. The first book was good, and Mr. Sanderson does a good job at recapping it without giving away super major details. The narration, provided by the smart-aleck Alcatraz Smedry writing his “memoirs”, is unique and Sanderson, through Smedry, does a good job of making the world seem real and plausible. The story is fun to read, and has cool black-and-white illustrations that really bring depth to the story and add a little bit of humor at times. I think that the story has a unique fantasy world, where there are people who can use magical glass lenses to do magical things (it’s actually pretty cool). Mr. Sanderson has a great writing voice, and keeps you reading the book. It was funny how there were a few author jokes tossed in without sounding completely random (at one point the main character is claiming not be Alcatraz Smedry or even Brandon Sanderson but rather claims to be author Garth Nix in hopes of throwing off any potential serial killers ).
I give this book five out of five bookworms.